Soundtrack to Today’s Weather

Whoa! Weather in Toronto today is so exciting and surprising! It makes me wonder what the soundtrack to today’s weather would be…

Day starts off with blue skies and white fluffy clouds – Mr. Sun, Raffi

Sky starts going gray, but no rain – No Rain, Blind Melon

Back to blue skies – Happy, Pharrell Williams

Big HAIL! HAIL! HAIL! – Army of Hardcore, Neophyte

Gray but no rain – Splintered in Her Head, The Cure

Big HAIL! – Scream & Shout, will.i.am with Britney Spears

Thunder – Thunderstruck, AC DC

Blue skies – Sunshine, Lollipops and Rainbows, Lesley Gore

Big HAIL – War Pigs, Black Sabbath

Lightning! – Le Freak, Chic

Green grass that seems to be growing in front of my eyes. – Hallelujah, Leonard Cohen

Ah, the songs of April.

The Symphony Around Us

I spent this morning immersed in symphony.

No, TSO didn’t have an early morning public session. The symphony I experienced was that of all the amazing birds that are out now that it’s spring here in Toronto. It had already started before I left my house for a morning walk, and it was going in full force as the sun was coming up.

Beautiful. Wondrous. Breathtaking.

Red-Winged_BlackbirdThis morning, I experienced the perfect combination of three of the things I adore: walking, nature and music. What music! The robins, the mourning dove, the conk-la-ree of the red-winged blackbirds…

I think morning bird song is my favourite symphony of all.

Starting With Simply Music

I’ll never forget the first time I saw Simply Music in action. A friend’s sister and Simply Music Teacher invited me to a free information session. There, she played some of the songs one learns with Simply Music, and then she proceeded to demonstrate how she teaches one song. Having experienced many years of (quite arduous) traditional piano lessons as a child and teen, I was blown away! Playing piano really was far easier than having to read the notes before playing. Wow! She drew an image on her whiteboard, and in minutes, we were playing the right hand of a well-known song!OTJ

After that information session, I was hooked – I wanted, no, I needed to teach Simply Music piano. I needed people to see that they can play piano. I needed to be able to improvise on the piano and play anytime anywhere.

So, I did. I’ve been teaching Simply Music for almost 5 years, and I love how connected I now am to the piano – something I never thought possible. I love how easy it is to get my students playing.

Read the experiences of another Simply Music teacher who was a complete beginner when he started with Simply Music: http://simplymusic.com/coaching-building-confidence-as-a-beginner-with-simply-music/

Happy New Year!

Yes, happy new year – I haven’t posted since 2014!

I thought I’d share a bit more about my studio with you. I teach from my home in what would have been my dining room, but is now a lovely piano studio. I teach on Wednesdays (from 9 am to 9 pm) and on Thursday evenings (from 6 pm to 9 pm). I do have some time slots available on both days, so contact me if you’re interested.

I teach children as young as 4 years old, teens, adults and seniors. I recommend Play A Story for those ages 4 to 6 years and Simply Music for everyone 7 years of age and older. Simply Music piano lesson work for every age, but I find that children 6 and under prefer exploration to direction on the piano. Play A Story offers a bit of direction to guide their exploration.

All of my students compose and improvise. These are key elements to truly learning the piano. If this worries you, I can work with you to help you feel comfortable creating on the piano. I was there myself – even after many years of Royal Conservatory piano, I did not know how to improvise or compose, but within a year of Simply Music piano, I had shed my fears. If you ask me to play piano, I can just play and play and play 🙂

Enough about me. Tell me about you.

Season’s Greetings!

Happy December Holidays to you!

Here are a couple of great blog posts by Simply Music Teachers about playing piano for Christmas:

http://simplymusic.com/tis-season-playing/
http://simplymusic.com/learn-jingle-bells-on-piano/

Enjoy! If you have any questions about the above posts, feel free to contact me to find out more about lessons.